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“You must have run out of choice to eat here”

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 175 Restaurants in Cookeville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“You must have run out of choice to eat here”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Its not a bad place to eat but really.....they could use something other than staples to keep the pictures on the wall from falling off. At one point I was expecting to see Gordon Ramsey to jump out and say F&%king donkey you can let that F*&#king food leave the kitchen looking like that but it was never to happen.

We ate we left and the place will be forgotten in a day or so. Spend some time researching the restaurants of Cookeville and you find better.

  • Visited June 2014
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Monterey, Tn
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican in a pleasant setting”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

the El Tap off Willow has nice ambience the food is good not too spicy that it drowns the other flavors. It is always busy so arrive before the actual time you want to eat

  • Visited May 2014
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TN
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't miss this one”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you pass this up...you'll be sorry. You will eat some the most delicious Mexican food you've ever had . Their servers are efficient and very attentive. Their prices are very reasonable and the food portions large.

  • Visited May 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good mexican food for the price!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

El Tapatio provides great service and good food for a very economical price. The chicken fahitas are served with very healthy portions and the chips and salsa just keep coming.

Visited May 2014
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North Carolina, USA
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Too far from the border”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

i really like Mexican food, so will grade this one against another El Tapatio in Rocky Mount, NC. I'd give that one an eight, but this one I'd have to give it a 5/10. It wasn't bad..very edible, but just average. The one thing I can complain about was the salsa. It was like tomato paste with a pile of Cilantro ground in. I'd have rather had a jar of Pace picante sauce.
Now the staff were energetic and eager to please and FAST! Restaurant was clean and neat and being right next door to the hotel, its a good place grab a quick meal. Wife & I both had a draft beer & meal. total bill with tip ran $24.00

  • Visited April 2014
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